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Two Mets Are Close To Returning, While Another Is Seemingly Benched

New York has a couple of days off as they travel to London for their two-game series against one of the best teams in baseball, the Philadelphia Phillies.

As the Mets look to stay hot coming fresh off a series sweep against the Washington Nationals, here are a few updates to make note of as we begin the month of June. 

Will The Mets Get Their Closer Back? 

After missing all of 2023, Edwin Diaz was having a season to forget in 2024 before suffering a shoulder injury that would land him on the IL. The Mets’ star closer has a 5.40 ERA so far this year, along with four blown saves in nine closing opportunities. 

Diaz will begin a rehab assignment with Single-A Brooklyn tonight and barring any setbacks, the Mets feel like he could return after the London series. However, I am curious to see if the Mets will be willing to throw Diaz right back in as the closer, or if they will ease him back in via a set-up role.

More Power On The Horizon 

Francisco Alvarez is recovering from a fractured thumb which required surgery that has kept him on the IL since April 20. However, Alvarez has already been rehabbing with Double-A Binghamton. 

While the bats are hot at the moment, we know how inconsistent they can be. Inserting Alvarez back into the lineup will only benefit this team moving forward. The Mets catcher seems like he will be ready to return to the lineup at some point next week when the team returns from their trip across the pond. 

Will We See Another Start For The Squirrel In 2024?

Jeff McNeil has not been the same player since winning the batting title in 2022 with a .326 average. A .270 average in 2023 and now a .227 average so far in 2024, clearly has the Mets’ second baseman trending in a downward slope. 

This week the Mets have shown that they are aware of McNeil’s struggles due to the newly signed veteran Jose Iglesias starting the last three games in McNeil’s place. Iglesias is also not doing McNeil any favors having seven hits in his first 18 at-bats as a Met. With Iglesias producing right out of the gate, McNeil is going to have to make the most of his chances moving forward.

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